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Best Bars in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s bar options are very varied, ranging from old style pubs, to fancy cocktail bars and more than a fair share of overflowing tourist joints. Amsterdam's pubs and bars are made somewhat confusing by the misleading names. Brown Cafes, aren't cafes at all, but rather old pubs that serve local beers on tap and usually a few favourite food items like meatballs and bitterballen. And Coffeeshops aren't coffeshops but the name given to Amsterdam's marijuana cafes where go to get your legal fix of smokable and eatable highs. But beyond that, Amsterdam has a growing collection of newer cocktail bars, not surprising for a country that invented gin, or 'jenever' as it's known in the Netherlands.

Best Bars in Central Amsterdam

Hiding in Plain Sight


Reviewed by: Awesome Amsterdam - EataCity - Thrillist - Your Little Black Book -

HPS is a speakeasy cocktail bar without the secret password or mysterious doorway. Hence the name. It's our favourite cocktail bar in Amsterdam, just far away from the main tourist area to avoid the crowds; ... Read more

Door 74

€ € €CocktailsSpeakeasy

Reviewed by: EataCity - Thrillist - World's 50 Best Bars -

Door 74 is a hidden island of peace in an otherwise hectic Amsterdam nightlife. A nice place to come to chill out over a long cocktail. Do call ahead and book, especially during the weekends, ... Read more

Hannekes Boom

€ €BarOutdoor Area

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Situated a semi-industrial zone, Hannekes Boom feels like a country barn converted into a bar. With rows of picnic tables and a view over the water toward NEMO, Hannekes Boom is a popular local hang out in summer. Read more

In de Olofspoort

€ €AuthenticBarLocal

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Historical little bar tucked away at the far northern end of the red light area. Read more

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Best Bars in De Pijp & Around


€ € €CocktailsSharing Plates

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Located across the road from big brother Café Reuring, Paskamer is a laid back neighbourhood cocktail bar. If we lived in De Pijp Paskamer would very quickly become our local bar. It's a relaxed place ... Read more

Gerard Douplein

BarOutdoor AreaRestaurants

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Gerard Douplein is a little local square lined with bars and eateries. It gets relatively lively at night with an orderly, friendly crowd. Most outside tables are open til midnight. Nice spot for a drink after a day of sightseeing. Read more


€ €BarWaterway

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Tucked away beside the canal, Amsterlhaven is a nice spot for a late afternoon drink with the water at your feet. Read more

Cafe Binnen Buiten

€ €BarLocalOutdoor AreaWaterway

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Situated on a corner overlooking the canal (and ten metres from a bizarrely placed red light strip that's about half a block long that no local seems to pay any attention to) Cafe Binnen Buiten ... Read more

Twenty Third

€ € € €

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Located in the business hotel Okura, you only come to Twenty Third for one reason, it's located on the twenty third floor with sweeping views across to South Amsterdam. In a city this flat getting ... Read more

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Best Bars in Jordaan & The Nice Streets

Bar Oldenhof

€ € €CocktailsSpeakeasyWhiskey

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Blink and you'll miss Oldenhof. Housed behind thick dark blue velvet curtains, look for the small 'bar' sign overhead. There isn't much giving the place away, ring the buzzer and you'll be greeted by a ... Read more

t Smalle

CosyHistoricalOutdoor AreaWaterway

Reviewed by: EataCity - The Guardian - Thrillist -

Canal side old pub with a (busy) outdoor area in summer and old world Dutch charm inside. Read more

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Best Bars in Oost

Bar Bukowski

€ € €

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Open all day and serving everything from breakfast to late night drinks. Bukowski is a local bar with a cosy feel. You might come for a beer and stay til closing. Read more

Brouwerij 't IJ

€ €Beer Brewery

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Brouwerij is a micro brewery housed beside an unmissable windmill. Give the Heineken tourist trap tour a miss and come out here for the real stuff. Read more

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